Right, that’s it from me. Time for some shuteye. Be sure to stick around for Ali Martin’s report from Hamilton and all the reaction, plus join us again tomorrow/today for more hot OBO action. But from me, cheerio!
Stumps: England 39-2
New Zealand’s day, undoubtably. Saving the game is the priority for England at the moment, never mind trying to win it. Much work to do for the captain and his team.
18th over: England 39-2 (Burns 24, Root 6) The final over of the day then, in all likelihood. Wagner charges in again. Burns is comfortable so the bowler switches to round the wicket. But Burns is able to flick away for a single, leaving his captain to face the last couple of deliveries. Root leaves and … flicks just wide of leg gully for a single! Cripes!
17th over: England 37-2 (Burns 23, Root 5) Daryl Mitchell, after his batting heroics earlier, gets the chance to turn his arm over. He struggles to make Burns play at first, swinging the ball away from the left hander, then gets bunted down the ground for a single.
16th over: England 36-2 (Burns 22, Root 5) Neil Wagner comes into the attack for the first time today. Cue the predictable short-pitched barrage. It’s calmly negotiated by Root, though.
15th over: England 35-2 (Burns 21, Root 5) Root, who has been on the defensive since arriving at the crease, is quick to pounce as Southee strays too full, clipping with consummate timing for four. This pair have maybe four more overs to get through.
14th over: England 30-2 (Burns 20, Root 1) Root stands firm in the face of another accurate, testing over from Henry, who has sent down an excellent spell. Another maiden.
13th over: England 30-2 (Burns 20, Root 1) Southee into the seventh over of his spell … and Burns is dropped again! He flicks in the air to midwicket where Raval dives but can’t cling on. The ball was travelling and it would’ve been a superb catch but … you’ve seen them taken. Another reprieve for Burns. Root gets off the mark from his 10th delivery, a single pushed through the covers.
12th over: England 28-2 (Burns 19, Root 0) Into the final 30 minutes of the day then. Root just about sees out a maiden from Henry.
11th over: England 28-2 (Burns 19, Root 0) Burns is a whisker away from inside-edging onto his own stumps, and instead picks up four more.
10th over: England 24-2 (Burns 15, Root 0) Henry gets the wicket he should’ve had last over. This is beginning to feel very much like New Zealand’s day. And New Zealand’s Test. And New Zealand’s series.
WICKET! Denly c Watling b Henry 4 (England 24-2)
A cracking ball from Henry, an equally good take from Watling. England’s No 3 was just straightened up a touch as the ball wobbled away outside off and caught the edge of his defensive prod. The New Zealand wicketkeeper did superbly to scoop the ball low to his right.
9th over: England 20-1 (Burns 11, Denly 4) Southee continues and Burns again shows his good side, driving on the walk through the covers. Risky perhaps, but it’s the sort of shot that gets you forking over cash at the turnstiles.
8th over: England 20-1 (Burns 11, Denly 4) Burns, RAF moustache to the fore, unfurls one of those trademark ramrod-straight drives for four back past Henry. He really does look a Test opener for years to come. As to his partner, that remains a more open question. And as I type that, Burns wafts outside off, the edge flies through to first slip and Taylor puts down a dolly.
7th over: England 15-1 (Burns 6, Denly 4) Hawkeye shows the ball was careering into leg stump. The young opener’s balance was all over the shop there – perhaps he was a little shaken by the blows he’d taken earlier in his innings, if we were looking to be charitable? Denly flicks his first ball away for four through midwicket.
WICKET! Sibley lbw b Southee 4 (England 11-1)
Southee gets one to lift up a touch off a length, the ball pinging into Sibley’s … box … area. Young Dominic has reaped the benefit of modern protective wear a couple of times already this innings. But there’s nothing that can protect him from this! He misses a straight one, Southee raps him on the pad and Dharmasena’s finger goes up. Might have been sliding down but he opted not to review. It’ll be interesting to see the Hawkeye.
6th over: England 11-0 (Burns 6, Sibley 4) Burns punches Henry down the ground for a couple and it has to be said that the England openers have made a very confident, unflustered start (other than the blow Sibley took in the third).
5th over: England 8-0 (Burns 4, Sibley 3) Southee continues and keeps Burns honest. The threat of rain seems to have dissipated and the ground is now bathed in sunlight and shadow (Oh Danny Boy etc). A few clouds are lingering but I’d be surprised if we get any interruptions now.
4th over: England 7-0 (Burns 4, Sibley 2) Sibley pinks up a single off Henry’s second over.
“John, as a public service to ageing test cricket observers, would you mind publishing the details of where to order the rock-hard six pack from?” requests Ian Forth.
Of course, simply turn on any number of TV channels at 4am in the morning and you’ll find a selection of magical gadgets and gizmos which, through mild twisting or vibrating, will, for 10 regular payments of 39.95, will enable you to develop that Adonis-like physique while you wear a rictus grin and sweat not a jot. There’s no confusion, Tina. Just good science.
3rd over: England 6-0 (Burns 4, Sibley 1) Southee is bang on the money here, probing away at the newcomer Sibley. Then – blimey – he ducks straight into a shorter ball which slams into the badge on his helmet. That was a heavy blow, the ball pinging off to point. The England physio comes out to take a look and go through a few checks. It’s a fairly lengthy delay but he’s OK to continue. Burns, who called his dazed partner through for a leg bye, ends the over with a glorious cover drive for four to get off the mark.
2nd over: England 1-0 (Burns 0, Sibley 1) Matt Henry at the other end. Ten dots to start the innings then Sibley nudges to leg to get the England total off the mark.
1st over: England 0-0 (Burns 0, Sibley 0) Southee starts things off with the ball for New Zealand, who will really fancy getting stuck into the England top order over the next hour or so. Burns, after nearly getting himself into a tangle off the first, sees out a maiden.
Out come Burns and Sibley for England. They have about an hour and 20 minutes to get through this evening. Meanwhile, after a little 4am teleshopping channel hopping here in the freezing, misty UK, I’m ready to get a rock-hard six pack, a bed that will enable me to sleep the best sleep ever and a steam-powered mop thing that I can also use to clean the bathroom taps.
End of innings: New Zealand 375 all out
Not the sort of total that guarantees a positive result for the hosts but a very useful one nevertheless. England are going to have to go very big here to stand a chance of victory and they’re going to have to do it at a reasonable lick.
WICKET! Wagner c Sibley b Curran 0 (New Zealand 375 all out)
And that’s that. Wagner goes first ball, flicking Curran’s low full toss straight to Sibley at midwicket.
129th over: New Zealand 375-9 (Wagner 0, Henry 5) A wicket maiden for Archer, which will feel pretty good after being blasted for a couple of sixes.
“In answer to Ali’s question (over 118), I’m pretty sure Matt Henry and Henry Nicholls have played together,” writes Ian Forth. “It’s harder to find an English example – although Steve James will have played together with James Maher for Glamorgan (not admittedly in England). Ashley Giles and Giles Clarke no doubt sat on the same committees together.”
WICKET! Santner c Woakes b Archer 23 (New Zealand 375-9)
Santner has an almighty swing at another Archer bouncer but swishes at fresh air on this occasion. He connects with his next effort … but picks out Woakes at square leg.
128th over: New Zealand 375-8 (Santner 23, Henry 5) Woakes … full … punched gloriously down the ground by Henry for four. Super shot that. And it’s followed by five dots.
127th over: New Zealand 371-8 (Santner 23, Henry 1) Six! Archer bangs one in short, looking for the extra bounce that Broad and Woakes have found, but Santner helps it on its way and over the rope down at backward square leg. And six more! A carbon copy, this time glancing off the forehead of a steward who was looking in the wrong direction. There’s a moment of worry but he’s all smiles afterwards, which is a relief.
126th over: New Zealand 359-8 (Santner 11, Henry 1) Matt Henry, who has a Test half century to his name, gets off the mark with a push into leg.
WICKET! Southee c Pope b Woakes 18 (New Zealand 357-8)
Woakes digs one in short, Southee offers the handle, Pope takes a comfortable pouch.
125th over: New Zealand 357-7 (Santner 10, Southee 18) Archer (25-7-58-0) replaces Broad. Southee calls Santner through for a quick single … Woakes’s shy at the stumps would’ve run him out with a direct hit. Santner, though, survives to prod the next ball through the gap in the slip cordon and away for a boundary that brings up 350. Four more byes come from the next, a steepling bouncer leaving Pope with no chance.
124th over: New Zealand 348-7 (Santner 6, Southee 17) Southee rocks back and flat bats Woakes straight down the ground for four, then guides through the covers for a single. He’s looking to get on with things. Santner, meanwhile, is happy enough to block out.
123rd over: New Zealand 343-7 (Santner 6, Southee 12) Broad has Southee scratching and scuffling untidily but can’t winkle the No 9 out. He scampers to the non-striker’s end, then there’s a huge appeal as Santner is struck on the pad. There was an equally huge inside edge – not out.
Meanwhile over in Adelaide, you can follow Australia’s run feast with – oof! – Geoff Lemon and Rob Smyth here:
122nd over: New Zealand 342-7 (Santner 6, Southee 11) Woakes almost has Santner back in the hutch but a top edge drops safe. England might fancy wrapping this up pretty quickly now but Southee has other ideas, cutting very fine for four then launching over mid on for a couple more.
121st over: New Zealand 334-7 (Santner 5, Southee 4) So a very fine debut innings comes to an end. Tim Southee is the new batsman and gets off the mark with a little edge to third man. Broad has admirable figures of 27-7-72-4.
WICKET! Mitchell c Archer b Broad 73 (New Zealand 330-7)
England seem to have succeeded in their latest petition to get the ball changed but it’s soon behaving in the same way as its predecessor, whistling away to the boundary off Mitchell’s bat. Another lovely cover drive from the debutant.
Broad digs in the next, though, and he has his man. This time Mitchell can’t get on top of his pull shot and sends a catch straight down the throat of Archer at deep backward square.
120th over: New Zealand 326-6 (Santner 5, Mitchell 69) Woakes – who looks to have been hitting the weights since the summer, he’s built like the proverbial brick outhouse – struggles to worry Santner, who adds two more to the total.
Weather watch: it has clouded over a fair bit but the clouds don’t look particularly threatening. Fingers crossed.
119th over: New Zealand 324-6 (Santner 3, Mitchell 69) Broad and Woakes are both bowling extremely full here, perhaps looking for reverse swing. It has resulted in the occasional ugly full bunger but has occasionally also discomfited the batsmen. Broad gives up just a couple of singles on this occasion.
118th over: New Zealand 322-6 (Santner 2, Mitchell 68) Because New Zealand have been scoring so slowly (in the main), England, despite being in the field for the best part of two days, are still in this if they can bag a couple of quick wickets here. Woakes instead strays onto Mitchell’s pads and gets neatly tucked away to cow corner for four.
117th over: New Zealand 317-6 (Santner 2, Mitchell 62) Broad has one ball left of this pre-tea over … and with it Santner gets off the mark with a couple pushed into the on side.
TEA: New Zealand 315-6
So England head off for tea with a spring in their collective step. It was a hugely challenging session for them but that wicket could keep them in the game. Can they capitalise?
WICKET! Watling c Burns b Broad 63 (New Zealand 315-6)
Watling clips a full ball from Broad away for a single – had he missed that only his front pad would’ve prevented middle stump being ripped from its moorings. Mitchell pulls in slightly more unconvincing fashion than usual to again get England pulses jumping again … and then Broad makes the breakthrough. A ferocious rising delivery finds the splice of Watling’s bat and the ball pops up to Burns in the slips.
116th over: New Zealand 313-5 (Watling 54, Mitchell 62) Joe Root brings himself on for a quick twirl before the break, hoping against hope for a moment of magic or madness. No sign of either here though, just a trio of singles.
115th over: New Zealand 310-5 (Watling 52, Mitchell 61) This pair have been together for 51 overs now, a really impressive recovery from 191 for five. Tea is on the horizon, so Mitchell keeps his powder dry even though Broad sends down a couple of fairly juicy full tosses. Another maiden.
114th over: New Zealand 310-5 (Watling 52, Mitchell 61) And, typically, after pointing out the increasing run rate, a maiden from Curran.
113th over: New Zealand 310-5 (Watling 52, Mitchell 61) Runs are beginning to flow a little easier now. Broad bangs one in short but it sits up at just above hip height and Mitchell helps it on its way to fine leg for four. There were 24 runs scored in the first hour after lunch – there have been 38 in the 45 minutes since. Not exactly a deluge but a significant uptick as the bowlers have tired.
112th over: New Zealand 304-5 (Watling 52, Mitchell 55) Watling drives beautifully straight down the ground … too straight. Straight into the stumps at the bowler’s end, in fact. Four dots … then Watling goes to his 50 with by crashing a wide half volley from Curran through the covers for four.
111th over: New Zealand 300-5 (Watling 48, Mitchell 55) I should have mentioned this an over or two ago but Mitchell moving to his fifty also brought up the 100 partnership. Consider yourself informed. Stuart Broad returns to the fray. Mitchell, happy to take on the shorter ball, pulls hard for two to bring up the New Zealand 300.
110th over: New Zealand 298-5 (Watling 48, Mitchell 53) Sam Curran returns to the attack; Watling responds with a sweetly-timed off-drive for four. This pair are looking rock-solid at the moment, and they have all day in truth.
109th over: New Zealand 294-5 (Watling 44, Mitchell 53) Shot! Mitchell drives through the covers sumptuously as Stokes puts one in the slot. He nears a debut half-century … and he gets there in fine style, crunching a pull down to cow corner for four more.
108th over: New Zealand 286-5 (Watling 44, Mitchell 45) A short leg and a leg slip for Watling as Archer continues his search for a breakthrough. BJ carefully watches the first couple with an almost professorial intensity then flicks through midwicket as Archer overpitches. He does well to ride out a lifting delivery from the last too.